Our confession – literally, our agreement with God that our sin is offensive – is prerequisite to experiencing his cleansing power, but our confession doesn’t actually earn or merit his forgiveness. Forgiveness simply flows out of the goodness of God who is always true to his own nature.
When we get real, God’s Spirit goes to work. When we open up, he comes in to do his work. When we take responsibility, we clear the deck so God can bring forth something new and fresh in our lives.